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ABA Autism Treatment Method


By Rachel Evans

ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is one of the most universally popular treatments for children with autism. In fact, most experts agree that the Applied Behavior Analysis method is the most complete and powerful treatment available for children within the autism spectrum disorder. The following article will provide a brief overview of ABA autism treatment methods, as well as some resources that you can utilize.

Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis has been around for quite awhile. In fact, it was all the way back in the early 80’s that ABA began to be widely considered as one of the best treatment methods available. True to its comprehensive label, ABA provides training for a multitude of situations and scenarios.

Applied Behavior Analysis attempts to always use pro-active methods of teaching. Essentially, this means that ABA attempts to find a positive action to teach in a certain situation, instead of simply teaching a child what not to do. The program focuses on the appropriate behavior to display in a certain situation. This is one of the reasons why ABA is considered such a great teaching tool.

ABA also covers a wide range of ages. And while the early intervention portion of the program receives significant accolades due to the great amount of time researching and studying its effects, ABA provides ample material for autistic children of all ages, making it a tool that can be continuously used over a period of time.

Applied Behavior Analysis, like you may expect, is not a simple or easy process by any means. ABA takes work, and a little patience and dedication from those in the life of an autistic child. But, the effects of this hard work are visible and significant, making it well worth the effort.

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Resources

 
There are a lot of really good resources available to you if you’d like to learn more about ABA. The most overarching and detailed resource is probably The Association for Behavior Analysis (
http://abainternational.org), which has a wealth of information about ABA, it’s methods, and studies of its effectiveness. http://Behavior.org, and http://shapingbehavior.com are also really good resources for finding out more information.

Also, doing a quick Internet search will also probably turn up a great deal of information on ABA. And if you’re thinking about using the ABA method of treating autism, it is important to pick a behavior analyst that is a good match for your situation. Due to the complex nature of ABA training, it is not recommended that parents attempt to home school their children using the method, though they will obviously play a very important role in the development of their child regarding the ABA method. There is a registry of certified behavior analysts; so doing a quick search for approved experts in your area may be a good place to start.

Again, Applied Behavior Analysis is not easy. But effective results are very possible with a little time and patience. Look into the previously mentioned resources for more information on ABA autism treatment.


About the author - Rachel Evans. For information and to signup for a Free Newsletter about Autism please visit The Essential Guide to Autism